Can you have sex amidst COVID-19 pandemic?

Bhubaneswar: As the social-distancing and self-isolation practices during the lockdown due to COVID-19 scare have put all the busy-running lives to still, people seem to be now reconsidering sex-lives with their partners.

For all those couples who have missed their shots of romance due to hectic daily schedules, the lockdown situation has catered them plenty of time to make it up, now that they are free from all professional obligations, except the ones who are into emergency services, until the lockdown restrictions are lifted.

The term ‘romance’ holds numerous definitions and yet, physical intimacy is considered quite a strong expression of love between couples. To add to that, it’s also an effective way to destress. So, in these times of utmost freedom, many couple choose to explore their sex-lives together.

But, amidst the scare of COVID-19 pandemic where even a hand-shake is discouraged, is it safe to have sex?

If a research by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is to be followed, there have been no traces of the COVID-19 virus in the semen or vaginal fluid yet. Also, it is known that other traits of coronaviruses don’t efficiently transmit through sex.

However, an advisory issued by the NYC’s health department said that one must avoid sex if their partner is a COVID-19 positive or shows any possible symptoms of it like fever, cough or shortness of breath. Though it said that physical intimacy with a regular partner is more safe, a casual encounter can be a risky affair as anyone can be a carrier.

Recently, another article stated that amidst increasing anxiety due to the coronavirus pandemic and elevated intimacy among couples, who otherwise led a hectic life, the sales of condoms and contraceptive pills have soared in the market.

Although there are no proven facts about transmission of the lethal coronavirus through sex, some people still choose to stay safe than sorry.

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